In the United Kingdom during the original 90s fad they were known as "baggies" (not to be confused with The Baggies, aka West Bromwich Albion F.C.). However, this term faded with the original fad and now they are generally known as "wide leg jeans".
Wide leg jeans and pants are at least 20" in circumference at the hem. Wide leg jeans differ from bell-bottoms in that the entire length of the leg is large in circumference whereas flare or bell-bottom jeans flare out below the knee. Wide leg jeans can be considered to be a variant of baggy jeans, which were also popular in the '90s.
Categories of wide leg pants:
wide leg 20"-23" circumference at hem super wide leg 24"-28" extreme wide leg over 28"
During Fall, 2007 wide leg jeans and pants became increasingly popular for women. Celebrity style influencers such as Kate Moss have helped to push the wide-leg jean trend into the mainstream, but despite this slim-fit pants and skinny jeans have still remained equally popular in 2007.
Jeans cutting a wide swath for Yule; roomy-leg models top sellers at mall-based young men's chains. (wide-leg jeans)
Dec 09, 1996; NEW YORK -- Wide-leg jeans are happening in a big way this holiday season for mall-based young men's specialty chains. Some of...
Discounters, category killers seek fast fashion fill-ins; sweaters, outerwear and wide-leg jeans to be priority buys at MAGIC.(Men's Apparel Guild In California)(Mass Appeal)
Aug 25, 1997; NEW YORK -- Caught short by the surprise consumer demand for sweaters, wide-leg jeans and microfiber outerwear last fall/winter,...
Wide-leg jeans strut into mass market; Levi's lights fire that's roaring from department stores to discounters. (Levi Strauss and Co.)
Jan 13, 1997; NEW YORK -- When Levi Strauss throws thunderbolts, jeans makers in the mass market try to catch a little of the lightning. The...